The government of Colombia The process of extradition to the United States of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias “Otoniel”, top boss of the Clan del Golfo, began on Wednesday, told local media his defense.
“Othniel”, arrested in a military and police operation last October in the department of Antioquia (northwest), was transferred from the Police headquarters where he was being held to the Catam air base in Bogotá where he will be handed over to the authorities of USA.
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Upon hearing the news, the Council of State, the highest court for contentious-administrative matters in Colombiaannounced that it revoked the provisional suspension of extradition that it had issued last week while studying an appeal filed by victims.
A group of inhabitants of the departments of Antioquia and Chocó have sought to prevent the extradition of “Othniel” when considering that he should first answer to the Colombian Justice for his crimes.
The high court again gave the endorsement for the extradition by stating that “the effects of the protection that was intended, through the provisional measure adopted, are distorted.”
The former head of the Clan del Golfo, the main criminal gang in Colombiais required by the US Justice for crimes related to drug trafficking.
In Colombia, he has 122 arrest warrants and 6 convictions, including two of 40 and 50 years in prison, for aggravated homicide, homicide of a protected person, forced disappearance, forced displacement and illicit recruitment of minors, among other crimes.